One of the most readily recognised cars of the 1960s, thanks in part to countless appearances in films and on television, Jaguar's seminal Mk2 saloon set the standard for the class throughout its entire production life and today remains highly prized by enthusiasts. A progressive development of the Mk1 - Jaguar's first unitary-construction saloon - the Mk2 made its debut in October 1959. Slimmer windscreen pillars and deeper side windows greatly enlarged the Mk2's glass area, while the deletion of its predecessor's full-sized rear wheel spats allowed the rear track to be widened, a move which increased roll resistance and stability. Otherwise, running gear remained much the same as before, with independent front suspension by wishbones and coil springs, a leaf-sprung live rear axle and Dunlop servo-assisted disc brakes (optional at first on the Mk1 but standard from November 1957) on all four wheels. A redesigned dashboard, with speedometer and rev-counter ahead of the driver and minor gauges grouped in the centre, established Jaguar's layout for years to come. Transmission options were either a four-speed manual or Borg-Warner automatic gearbox, and when equipped with the former a 3.4-litre Mk2 was a genuine 120mph car, with the automatic version not far behind.
A desirable manual/overdrive transmission model delivered new to The Hague, Holland, this left-hand drive 3.4-litre was purchased by the last owner at an auction in Monaco in 2006 and first registered in the UK later that same year. Used by its owner from European tours and excursions, the Jaguar has been maintained by marque specialists since importation. Works carried out have included a cylinder head overhaul, reconditioning the overdrive, rebuilding the front suspension, and fitting new wheels and shock absorbers. Finished in Opalescent Grey with black leather interior, 'LKE 85E' is described by the vendor as reliable and in good working order, the engine being strong and smooth, and the overdrive operational. The car is offered with Jaguar/Daimler Heritage Certificate, service history file, current MoT certificate and a V5C registration document.